I am super excited for this one! Today I'll be diving into the sport of vaulting and sharing what I learn with you guys! Vaulting is unlike any other equestrian discipline and dates back to almost 2,000 years ago! This sport is evolving rapidly and I can't wait for you guys to read more about it!
What is vaulting?
Vaulting is like gymnastics on horses! It is recognized by the FEI and is open to men and women and can be both a solo or a team sport. Vaulting is well established in Germany and Switzerland, but is growing in popularity across the western world.
How did it start?
Vaulting was originally a Roman mounted game over 2,000 years ago. Vaulting as we know it today first developed in post WWII Germany and included in the FEI in 1986. It made its World Equestrian Games debut in 1990
What does a competition look like?
A horse is cantered (upper level) or walked (lower level) on a 15 meter circle on a lunge line. The vaulters can vault individually, as a team, or in pairs and the horse and rider combined are given a score from 1 to 10. Riders perform a series of 7 exercises while on the horse while they are choreographed to music These exercises are given a score from 0 to 10 based on execution.
How long does the ride last?
Individual = 1 minute
Pairs = 2 minutes
Team = 4 minutes
What are the horses like?
The most common breeds of horses are draft crosses and warmbloods. This is because of their sturdy build and calm temperament. The horses are also judged, so having a consistently well behaved horse is essential